Luke Simons has been named as the Director of Basketball Operations at Baylor, after spending last season in the same role at Boston College.
Prior to a two-year stint as the director of basketball operations at College of Charleston from 2019-21, the Shelbyville, Ind., native served as the director of scouting for Scott Drew’s brother, Bryce, at Vanderbilt for three seasons.
While with Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt, Simons and the Commodores finished 2017 with a 19-16 record and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. He arrived in Nashville after helping Valparaiso set a new single-season record with 30 wins en route to the Horizon League regular-season title. The 30-7 record was good enough to earn the Crusaders a No. 1 seed in the NIT, where they would finish as the runners-up.
Simons spent nearly a decade as a coach and regional coordinator with Athletes in Action, created to help athletes to use their platform as a part of God’s mission. During his time with AIA, he served an integral role in assembling and directing multiple international competitive tours throughout Europe and Asia. Additionally, he created Captains Academy, an AIA leadership initiative to serve influencers specifically in the sport of basketball.
Simons served as Director of Operations for Team USA at the last three World University Games, a stretch that saw the men’s basketball team win two golds and a silver medal. He also co-founded the International Basketball Coaches Experience, an event held annually at the NCAA Final Four.
His international coaching experience also includes working as an assistant coach and Director of Player Development for the Mongolian National Team from 2012-15, helping guide the team to the final round of the 2015 Asian Games. Simons’ coaching background also includes a stint as interim head coach at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., and five years as an assistant coach at West Lafayette High School in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Indiana native is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in movement and sports science.